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Reclaiming Graniteville's Economy

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A new e-recycling plant, Recleim, is coming to Graniteville, SC.  Many of you had questions about what the plant will do and what the hundreds of jobs it will bring are.  WJBF's Aiken County Bureau Chief, Ashley Bridges went to get answers.

Dozens of wornout refrigerators, dryers, dishwashers - believe it or not these could be Graniteville's future:  That's because Recleim isn't focused on manufacturing - but on de-manufacturing.

"The old refrigerator will come in the door and go out as pelletized steel, plastic, copper," explains plant general manager, Doug Huffer.

The company will take apart old appliances, safely dispose of environmental dangers like CFCs, then resell the parts on the materials markets - these rows of machines are just the beginning.

"A single relationship may bring in 26 truckloads per day," says CEO Ben Hirokawa.

That creates a lot of work:  And even though the integrated technology will be the first of its kind and make an impact globally, Recleim is focused on hiring locally.

"We want to make this community known for recycling, and for job creation, and for not giving up," Hirokawa says.

"Being local means they have a stake in the community, they have a stake in the company," Huffer adds.

Many of those of you in the community have reached out to the CEO and to the general manager asking about jobs.

"It was meaningful to me to how many people called and to hear their stories," Hirokawa says.

"They say, ‘is there a home for me, keep me in mind,' Huffer says.

And we got answers to who should apply - in short any and all of you.  Recleim is high-tech and will including engineering jobs, but that isn't all.

"From unloading trucks to disassembling products, something as simple as using a screw driver and taking a piece of trim off an appliance," Huffer explains.

They say they know you're ready - and they're busy getting ready for you.

"These are people who are motivated enough to call me directly, and I think it's important that they know we're coming, we are interested, we just need a little time," he says.

They hope to be in full operation by summer 2014.  Jobs will rollout leading up to that time, and you can count on WJBF to keep you updated.

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